Despite the fact that Tamoxifen Citrate is considered mostly an anti-cancer medication, the compound is very popular for bodybuilders too. That’s why you may sometimes read that bodybuilders are taking anti cancer medications for their needs. And that’s true. That’s because they don’t need Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) for treating cancer. Of course – for other purposes.
- It is sold under trademark Nolvadex mostly, but there are others too.
In medical settings, Tamoxifen is having various other uses. If you’re interested in this compound for its medical purposes or you need to find out more about Tamoxifen dosage for such needs, we recommend talking with a doctor about these. That’s because this way you’re going to get the best information specifically for your needs.
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Nonetheless, when talking about Tamoxifen for bodybuilders, this article might be helpful for you.
First off – Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) is a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM). It is treating breast cancer because it stops the estrogen activity in breast tissues. That’s why it is helpful for male bodybuilders who run anabolic steroids that convert into estrogen. Usually, in higher doses / longer cycles – they are likely to develop gynecomastia (breast formation).
When Tamoxifen Citrate is added to the cycle – bodybuilders can continue their use of anabolic steroids. That’s while they are not going to get gynecomastia.
But Tamoxifen Citrate is mostly used during Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plans among bodybuilders. It is because of its ability to boost testosterone levels very effectively. And also to help the body recover back natural hormonal balance.
Tamoxifen On-Cycle in Bodybuilding
As mentioned, there are 2 purposes why bodybuilders run Tamoxifen Citrate (Nolvadex). When talking about addressing gynecomastia issues during the anabolic steroid cycles – the compound is indeed extremely effective.
Nonetheless, Tamoxifen is still rarely used for such needs because of the availability of Aromatase Inhibitors (AIs). They are known to reduce the total estrogen levels in the body, Unlike SERMs like Nolvadex that only selectively blocks the estrogenic activity in certain body areas.
- Therefore, Tamoxifen is effective for gynecomastia treatment or prevention. But is not effective for dealing with other estrogen-related side effects. Those side effects are very likely to occur during the use of aromatized steroids like Dianabol, Testosterone, Nandrolone, etc.
Since AIs are reducing total estrogen levels – they are very likely to help you with all your estrogen related issues like water retention, bloating, hypertension, gynecomastia, etc. But only gynecomastia is what Tamoxifen Citrate can help you with.
With this being said, in rare instances, Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) is used by bodybuilders to prevent or treat gynecomastia. But for such needs, AIs are a more preferred option.
Tamoxifen PCT in Bodybuilding
Nonetheless, there are no better options for bodybuilders to recover back their natural testosterone production and HPTA balance than SERMs such as Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate) or Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate).
Tamoxifen among bodybuilders is a great compound helping the body to recover testosterone production that was suppressed during the use of steroids.
It would keep you away from low testosterone conditions that are very likely to occur after the use of steroids without a PCT plan.
Nolvadex – Tamoxifen for bodybuilders is great because it stimulates hypophysis by blocking estrogen reaching the pituitary. This results in the release of more gonadotropins and therefore, producing more LH and FSH. The Luteinizing Hormone (LH) produces more testosterone.
Running Tamoxifen is extremely effectively increasing testosterone levels. But remember that the increase in Testosterone is temporary.
- PCT plans are usually run for 3-8 weeks (4 weeks most commonly) until the body reaches normal hormonal balance.
Tamoxifen Bodybuilders Dosage and Side Effects
The side effects of Tamoxifen for bodybuilders are virtually non-existent. There is a low chance of side effects from this compound for bodybuilders, but that’s a clear sign of way too high doses used, either natural high sensitivity to the compound if that’s the first time you use Tamoxifen.
The dosage of Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) for bodybuilders depends on why you need it.
- For example, for PCT plans, doses are started at 40 mg a day and then reduced to 20 mg a day and if needed, to 10 mg a day.
Most commonly is run for the first 2 weeks of PCT: 40 mg a day and the last 2 weeks of PCT: 20 mg a day (total 4 weeks).
- For gynecomastia treatment or prevention depends on the severity of gyno. Dosages can be as high as 80 mg a day.
If you find that the dosage of every day administration is too much, Nolvadex can be used on every other day basis taking into consideration that it has a long half-life.
Tamoxifen is medically offered only with a prescription and taken into consideration that the compound won’t be offered to people who need it for bodybuilding purposes, it is hard to buy it in local drugstores.
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